Sunday, October 27, 2013

UIS Speaker Series presents "Out Europe!: Discussion and Concert by Greece's Leading Rebetika Musicians"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “Out Europe!: Discussion and Concert by Greece’s Leading Rebetika Musicians.” Yona Stamatis, assistant professor of music at the University of Illinois Springfield, will lead the discussion, followed by a rebetika performance by the Rebetiki Istoria Band, the leading rebetika group in Greece, featuring Pavlos Vassiliou, Evangelos Nikolaidis, and Nikolaos Menegas.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: The Rebetiki Istoria Band performs an urban popular song genre, rebetika, in its complex early twentieth century style. This group is unique in its politicization of the music as a means of resisting the Europeanization of Greek Culture.

Vassilious is a leading rebetiko musician in Greece and owner of the best-known rebetiko tavern. In 2011, he was awarded the King, Chavez, Parks Visiting Professorship by the University of Michigan for his contribution to the diversity of social and cultural perspectives in Greece and abroad.

Stamatis received her doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a focus on rebetiko music of Greece. Her research consisted of spending three years in Athens performing bouzouki and violin with Rebetiki Istoria and writing about the effects of the economic crisis on musical practice. Stamatis teaches music courses at the university while directing the UIS Chamber Orchestra and playing violin with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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